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Ocean trash is a serious pollution problem that affects the health of people, wildlife and local economies. Trash in the water and on the shore can kill marine animals, injure swimmers and beachgoers, and ensnare boat propellers.
We need your help to solve this problem.
For nearly three decades, volunteers with Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup® have picked up everything imaginable along the world’s shorelines: cigarette butts, food wrappers, abandoned fishing gear and even automobiles and kitchen appliances.
In 2012, Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup mobilized more than 500,000 volunteers to collect 10 million pounds of trash from coastal beaches and inland waterways in 97 countries and locations.
The resulting item-by-item, location-by-location Ocean Trash Index that Ocean Conservancy compiles each year provides the only global snapshot of the marine debris littering coasts and waterways around the world.
We need your help to keep this momentum going. Join the world’s largest volunteer effort for our ocean by finding a Cleanup location near you.
Can’t participate in an International Coastal Cleanup event? We’ve got all the tools you need to plan a cleanup of your own.
Help keep the ocean healthy for sea turtles, polar bears, whales and people like you.
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